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can dry your hops by using a food dehydrator. The hops will need to dry
for several hours. Check on the hops to see if they are dry every so
often. You can tell if they are dry by opening a cone up. Remember, they
may feel dry on the outside, but it can take a while for them to dry
thoroughly in the center. Also, bittering hops take a little longer to
dry than aroma hops. To determine if they are dry enough, pull the cone
open. If the petals break off easily from the stem, the hops are dry
enough to be put to use, or put into a plastic bag to be used later. If
the petals are still sticking to the stem, and the stem seems somewhat
lithe and moist, leave the hops to dry longer. Try not to over dry the
hops however to the point where the petals and stem shatter in your hand
when you open up the cone. The alpha may begin to burn as a result of
over drying, so check them regularly.
you don?t have access to a food dehydrator, you can dry them in an oven
slowly on a very low temperature. You can also pick the cones and set
them outside to dry on a screen, but keep the cones out of direct
sunlight. Air circulation and drying them slow are very essential when
drying hops. They should feel papery when dry, but don?t dry them so
long they turn brown. Also, it?s important that only dry cones go into
plastic bags for storage. Wet cones will turn to mush if stored in a
plastic bag. If you are using your cones to brew, you will have to use
your best guess as to what the alpha may be. But that?s what it?s all
about, ?trial and error.? The brew will tell you how accurate your guess
was. A little reminder is that if you use a lot of nitrogen when your
plant is growing, it will grow better, but a lower alpha will result.
You can get your hops analyzed to get a specific alpha acid, but it can
be expensive. Below we have given you an approximate alpha acid based on
upon receiving your hop rhizomes, keep them in a plastic bag and
refrigerated if you are waiting to plant them. Don?t freeze them. If the
ground is still too cold in May, you can plant them in a gallon pot and
transplant them outside in June. Keep in mind that different cultivars
of hops grow better in different climates. Here is a list of which do
Some Hop Plants grow better in certain locations and weather conditions than others. Here is a list of which do better where:
Cascade- 4.5-7.0% alpha. Grows well in all climates. Susceptible to aphid. (These do really well in our area of North Carolina - Central Piedmont, for sure)
Centennial- 9.5-11.5% alpha. Grows well in all climates. Susceptible to downy mildew.
Chinook- 11.0-13.0% alpha. Grows well in dry, hot climates. Great ornamental hop. Does not grow well in moist climates. Subject to spider mite.
Fuggle- 4.0-5.5% alpha. Grows well in damp climates, suffers a little in hot climates.
Glacier- 5.8% alpha. Grows well in all climates.
Golding- 4.0-5.0% alpha. Grows well in mild, moist climates, does ok in hot climates.
Hallertau- 3.5-5.5% alpha. Grows well in mild, moist climates, suffers a little in dry hot climates.
Horizon- 12.0-13.5% alpha. Grows well in all climates.
Liberty- 3.0-5.5% alpha. Grows well in mild climates. Can grow in hot climates.
Mt. Hood- 5.0-8.0% alpha. Grows well in all climates.
Northern Brewer- 8.0%-10% alpha. Grows well in temperate climates. Suffers a little in hot climates.
Nugget- 12.0-14.0% alpha. Grows well in all climates.
Saaz- 3.5-4.5% alpha. Grows well in cooler, moist climates.
Santiam- 6.0-7.0% alpha. Grows well in a moderate climate, does ok in hot climates.
Sterling- 5.5-7.0% alpha. Grows well in a moderate climate, does ok in hot climates.
Tettnang- 4.0-5.0% alpha. Grows well in a moderate climate, suffers a little in hot climates.
Willamette- 4.0-6.0% alpha. Grows well in all climates.